Primary Mental Health Workers
Fife CAMHS Primary Mental Health Worker (PMHW) team provides specialist CAMHS knowledge and skills within wider children’s services. Our approach complements universal, additional and intensive services in effectively meeting the emotional health and wellbeing needs of children and young people in Fife.
The PMHW team in Fife is multi-disciplinary and includes Mental Health Nursing and Clinical Associate Applied Psychologists (CAAPs). The PMHWs are highly trained and skilled in assessing the needs of children and young people who are experiencing emotional or mental health difficulties. The PMHWs are also specially trained in liaison and signposting to facilitate collaboration between agencies and match children and young people’s emotional and mental health needs with the right service.
Consultation for professionals
If you are a professional and have concerns about a child or young person's emotional health and wellbeing and want some advice, please consult the PMHW team.
phone: 01334 696019 (Wednesdays, 9.30am - 4.30pm)
If you are a parent or carer and have concerns about your child's mental health, please contact your health visitor, school, GP or other professional involved with your family.
From 1 April 2019, the PMHW team expanded to help provide faster access to appropriate support for children and young people who go to their GP to discuss emotional or mental health difficulties. PMHWs are accessible to all GPs in Fife.
When a child or young person goes to their GP with an emotional or mental health difficulty, the GP refers them to the PMHW team for an assessment appointment. The purpose of that appointment is for the PMHW to assess the needs of the child or young person - not to start any type of therapy. The PMHW will discuss their difficulties with them, plan the next step and coordinate access to the most appropriate support.
GPs should refer children and young people presenting with emotional or mental health difficulties to the ‘CAMHS/Child Psychology Referral Unit’ via SCI-gateway. The referral will then be processed by the team, and the family will be contacted to let them know what is happening to the referral. This correspondence will also be copied to the referring GP.